Cleveland Browns Pursued WRs Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan in Free Agency

It doesn’t mean much now, as both signed with the Washington Redskins, but a source has said that the Cleveland Browns pursued both Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan in free agency, though they came up with nothing in the process. Both wide receivers signed with the Redskins on the first day of free agency, thanks to some very big contracts.

Garcon’s five-year deal is worth $42.5 million with more than $21 million in guaranteed money. Morgan signed a five-year deal (though it can be voided after two) that’s worth $12 million over those first two years.

Looking at big deals like that makes it obvious why the Browns weren’t able to land either, though it can be argued that Garcon would be worth the money. His 2011 season was impressive, especially when one considers the absence of Peyton Manning in Indianapolis: 70 catches for 947 yards with six touchdowns.

The Browns weren’t looking to spend a lavish amount of money this offseason and judging by the way teams overpaid immediately on free agents – as is usually the case – it doesn’t come as a surprise that the team lost out on players like Garcon and Morgan.

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  • Jimmy DiDago

     Ok, Garcon left Indy in a fire sale. The team that gave him his break out of lil’ ol’ Mt. Union. Had he stayed he’d been a hero to many a Colts’ fan. Did so to play with the greatest hype machine  in recent memory. . . and cash in.
     Josh Morgan left a probable Super Bowl run in SF BECAUSE HE WANTED TO BE A STAR and cash in.
     Garcon had 70 rec. and 900+ yds….very nice….but he only scored 6 td’s……Good between the 20′s only ???
     Josh Morgan had shown high ups, but was injured early and failed to return. Was probably mired at the 3rd receiver spot for another season.
     Both turned down a starting position here with a stable front office that’s on the move. Garcon would have also been a homestate hero. Either would have been instant offense for an offense starved team.
     What does this tell you about their smarts and maturity and selfishness????
     Thanks, but, no thanks

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